Saturday, September 29, 2007

Starting this blog

I decided to start this blog for my own records - I wanted to record what hopefully will be the evolution of bouncy puppy to star hunter.

My dog is Loki, an AKC registered Vizsla. We obtained Loki June 28th, from the Jacksonville Mall Pet Store (more to come on that later). His litter date was May 24, 2007. He was finally registered with the AKC on September 22, 2007. His main veterinarian is Banfield at Petsmart, and he takes obedience class through Petsmart as well.

I'm not quite sure what to say about this dog, except that I will never get a puppy again. Don't get me wrong. I love dogs. Big, small, short, tall - I don't discriminate. But, I just can't deal with the energy level of puppies.

Loki, at least, needs to be engaged for at least 2 hours a day before he'll "settle down". By settle down, I just mean not using my house as the Talladega Raceway. Engaging Loki is simple - he just needs to spend at least 2 hours a day being trained. This could be basic obedience training in the house, or it could be a long walk with him learning how to walk on a loose leash. A simple walk is not enough for him. Either way, I end up devoting two hours or more each day to the dog. It's frustrating to say the least, but he is a fast learner and very eager to please.

This puppy was bought as a companion dog, but he has shown his ability to be a great sports dog. He will be graduating puppy obedience school next Saturday - and he has learned everything he needs to learn, except for loose leash walking. It's in his nature though, to be able to wander. So, we'll just have to continue teaching him.

We're looking to get him involved in a dog club/get him more advanced dog training. Right now, however, we have no idea which section we wish to get him involved into. Agility will definitely challenge his mind and rid him of some of his energy. I've heard that too much obedience can ruin a great hunting dog, so we are most likely not going to continue with it (and pursue rally obedience). Field training would be ideal, but unfortunately, my husband does not have enough time to spend hunting with the dog, and there are no trainers nearby. It looks like we might just end up training Loki for agility with field as a hobby. It's all potential though - Loki might just want to be a couch potato after he reaches maturity, and we won't be able to stop that.

In the next few posts, I hope to be able to describe Loki's temperament and document the problems that he has had these last two months. I will also apologize profusely for buying a puppy store dog, and will begin documenting Loki's more exciting days.

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